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Community-Supported Agriculture

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What would it be like to own a farm? What kinds of foods would you eat? Community-supported agriculture, often abbreviated as CSA, allows people to buy shares in a farm. They become part-owners of the harvest. Throughout the growing season, each shareholder receives a fraction of everything the farm grows.

Better for Farmers, Better for Customers

CSA eliminates the middleman from the vegetable business. Farmers sell directly to their customers. Because customers commit at the beginning of the season, the farmer knows how much produce he'll sell during the year. He knows how to divide up his fields. He can talk to his customers and know how much of each vegetable to plant. CSA benefits farmers because it gives them the ability to plan for the year.

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CSA also benefits consumers. Shareholders have access to a larger variety of fresher vegetables compared to the selection at grocery stores. CSA produce is often organic, and the buyer gets foods at the peak of their local seasons. The buyer also is able to develop a relationship with the farmer. It gives families the opportunity to learn about a working farm and to know exactly where their food is coming from.

See for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEH426rhRMw

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Watch the videos below to learn more about CSA programs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSuAdGf-o3c

http://www.hulu.com/watch/35693

http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/episode120/

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  1. [1]^ Credit: fishhawk; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16502322@N03/4806634131/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: Julie Magro; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/magro-family/3818033618/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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